Thanksgiving Eve Service, November 25, 2020

(link to the St. Anne's YouTube channel,
and the replay of the live-streamed service.)

prayers of the people

Prayers for the healing power of the Holy Spirit to be ever-present in the lives of our friends & family:  Gary, Alicia, Kitty H., Laura M., Grace M., Sharon, Dolly M., Bob & Sheila, Helen, Ina-Ruth, Ron, David, Greg, Alexis, Maria, Yvonne, Christine S, Anita , Fr. Ladd Harris, Billie, David, Mardell Kuhn and family, Jean-Claude, Wanda, the Freeman family, Janet, Heather, Sue, and our whole nation.

Sister Ann Rose, Sr. Joseph Maureen IHM, Jack & Doris, Bert & Dn. Cheryl, Jack, Mark, Tom, Richard, Thomas Burns & Family,  John, Joanne, Linda, Pat, Helen, Lisa, Arden & George, Harry, Wende, Jimmy, Janet, Francis


Prayers for the safety and the empowerment of the ministry of our missionaries: Wayne & Rena Goodrich, Sean & Rebekah Conklin, Fr. Dass & Mary


Prayers for the healing of those who come to the St. Anne's Counseling Center and for Counseling Center Director Dr. Carolyn Morris


Prayers for the continuing safety and return of loved ones actively serving in the military, and the reserves: Romulo Camargo, Joshua Smith, Ben Fradette, Talon, Clafdia & Austin Harbison, Ritchie, Janae Sparks, Patrick Reed, Tony, Marc Williams, Matthew, Sean, Christian Frolish, Jordan Greenlaw, Maydia Sorgie, Jake Devoe, Zach Belden, Joey Castillo, AJ Leininger, Dalton Underwood, Cade Hartong, Nash Hartong, Robert, Zach Castle, Luke Nagel, Tom Maddox, Rachel Snow, Leah Montalvo, Mark Bunker, Tressa Cavalliere, Sidney Castle, Sean Outhouse, Ryan Allen, Ryan Chandler, Tony, and for all of our veterans.


Prayers for the safety, encouragement, and enrichment of parishioners and/or loved ones of parishioners who are students: Makayla, Sean, Tiffany, Jerrod, Nathaniel, Juliet, Mark, Abigayle, Calvin, Angelina, Madelyn, Elijah, Zach, Charlotte, Anisha, Tiffany, Taylor, Kalista, Clyde, Dennis, Daisy, Franklin, Aubrey, Morgan & Peyton, Landon, Jariah, Elijah, Janelle, Tatiana, Richard, Ava, Elizabeth

Bible study

Advent 1, Year B, 2020-11-29

Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37


Isaiah 64:1-9

  • Why was this passage chosen for an Advent lesson?

  • 4 Waiting on the LORD is mentioned over a dozen times in the Psalms and in Isaiah. What does it mean in your life?

  • 5a Three key concepts: meet, gladly, remember. Again, what do they mean in your life?


Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18

  • Why was this passage chosen for an Advent lesson?

  • 3, 7, 19 (BCP, v. 18) There seems to be a progression: O God, O God of hosts, O LORD God of hosts.  Is this progression significant?

  • 3, 7, 19 (BCP, v. 18) Literally, “cause Your face to shine.” Compare with the blessing in Numbers 6:24-26.

  • 17 (BCP, v. 16) Who is this “man of Your right hand,” this “son of man”?

  • 18 All of the translations imply a connection between vv. 17 and 18 (BCP, vv. 16 and 17). What is the connection?


1 Corinthians 1:3-9

  • Why was this passage chosen for an Advent lesson?

  • 7 How are spiritual gifts relevant to Advent?

  • 8 How can we be blameless?

  • 9 How does fellowship with Christ fit into this passage?


Mark 13:24-37

  • Why was this passage chosen for an Advent lesson?

  • 24-27 We are a little unsettled by these verses.  How shocked would Jesus’ listeners have been?

  • 30, 32 “all these things” and “that day or hour” Are these two different events? Is it responsible of us to attempt to predict this event (or these events)?

  • 33-37 “keep alert,” “keep awake,” “keep awake” How are you personally accomplishing this? Is procrastination an option?

joy of giving

Your generosity is changing lives; your gifts help us to be a light in our community and make a difference in our world. Giving is an integral part of our relationship with God.  Giving is an act of worship that allows us to give back to God what He has given to us.  Time, Talent and Treasure are all part of how we meet our mission of Loving God, through our worship, and Living Jesus, by serving others.  Here are several opportunities of giving:

Cash or Check: may be given during our services and special programs.  Checks made payable to "St. Anne's Church" may also be given during services or programs, or if mailing is more your style: mail to St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 9870 West Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL, 34429.  We have a locked, secured mailbox.

Online Giving: Check out our online giving through; a simple and secure online giving app.  Give one time or schedule recurring giving.  Choose "GIVING" from the website menu; a simple form will launch for ease of safely giving digitally. Contact Linda Axelson, Digital Engagement Leader for St. Anne's, for assistance or questions.

Automated Giving: contact your bank to set up and schedule automated giving; you will need to provide the bank with St. Anne's Episcopal Church, and the address: 9870 West Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL  34429.  Your bank will mail your checks directly to our locked, secured mailbox.

General funds cover the church's operating costs such as utilities, wages, ministries, and supplies.  Although there are other funds set up, your elected vestry members expertly review and direct usage of church funds to become the very best stewards of God's gifts to us.

If you wish to give time or offer talents to St. Anne’s please call or send an email so your gift maybe directed to the appropriate person at
St. Anne’s for receipt and acknowledgement of of that gift.

"The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work."  2 Corinthians 9:6-8

our daily bread

Give your servant a discerning distinguish between right and wrong.  1 Kings 3:9

Missing: Wisdom

Two year old Kenneth went missing.  Yet within three minutes of his mom's 911 call, an emergency worker found him just two blocks from home at the county fair.  His mom had promised he could go later that day with his grandpa.  But he'd driven his toy tractor there, and parked it at his favorite ride.  When the boy was safely home,  his dad wisely removed the toy's battery.

Kenneth was actually rather smart to get where he wanted to go, but two year olds are missing another key quality:  wisdom.  And as adults we sometimes lack it too.  Solomon, who'd been appointed king by his father David (1 Kings 2), admited he felt like a child.  God appeared to him in a dream and said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you." (3:5)  He replied, "I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties...So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong." (vv.7-9). God gave Solomon "a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore." (4:29)

Where can we  get the wisdom we need?  Solomon said the beginning of wisdom is a "fear" or awe of God (Proverbs 9:10).  So we can start by asking Him to teach us about Himself and to give us wisdom beyond our own. 

- Anne Cetas

In what areas do you need God's wisdom?
What might give you a teachable heart?

I'm always in need of wisdom, God.  I want to follow Your ways.  Please show me which way to go.



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